Kurrajong Waratah is a Wagga Wagga based disability organisation providing person centered services to people with a disability throughout the Riverina Murray region of New South Wales.

McCullum Ashby were engaged to design the final group home in the O’Learia Place residence. The design needed to cast off traditional notions of institution and instead provide a personalised homely setting for four permanent residents focusing on the need to counter balance both personal individual spaces with communal facilities. The outcome provides a highly functional but also highly finished dwelling that all the residents are now proud to call their home. The home was opened by The Honourable Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services in February 2013.

The client says:

 “McCullum Ashby came highly recommended  by a Sydney land developer as a company they believed could assist us.  We found McCullum Ashby’s architects listened to our ideas and offered desirable and workable suggestions as to how the balance we sought could be achieved. Working remotely presented minimal challenge and their ongoing advice and direction during the tender and construction phase was always forthcoming. The results speak for themselves and has been warmly welcomed by the local community who, through fundraising and support made this group home possible. The design and building standards have set new benchmarks for any future developments”.  

 Cathie Smith - Development Services Manager

You can visit Kurrajong Waratah online at www.kurrajongwaratah.org.au

Completed 2013
Location O’Learia Place, Lake Albert, NSW
Municipality Wagga Wagga City Council
Planning State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Affordable Rental Housing 2009.
Keywords Group home, health and aged care, disability service, Kurrajong Waratah.